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Reaching a beneficial intestinal microbiota early in life is desirable for piglets, as microbiota will impact their future health. One strategy to achieve this is the addition of prebiotics to sows' diet, as their microbiota will be transferred. Transmission of microbiota to the offspring occurs at birth and during lactation but a transfer might also occur during gestation. The objectives of this study were to determine whether and when (before and/or after birth) a maternal transfer of thedoi:10.1038/s41598-017-07228-2 pmid:28784986 pmcid:PMC5547061 fatcat:vd5qnefsv5hylmeo52atmbbmea